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Liquid Lit: Holiday edition

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_LiquidLitHoliday By Clarissa Fidler Reading Christmas books together as a family is one of my favorite traditions. Even though my siblings and I are all grown-up now, we still love to have my mom read us Christmas stories when we get together for the holidays. The one thing that makes story time even better—a delicious beverage. […]

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LEGOs® at the MAC: Q&A with Nature Connects artist Sean Kenney

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SeanKenney By Alison Highberger Guest Writer The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture’s new exhibit, Nature Connects: LEGO® Brick Sculptures, features 27 flora- and fauna-inspired works of art by New York City artist Sean Kenney. Made of nearly 500,000 LEGO pieces, the exhibit includes a 4-foot-long bee, a 7-foot-tall rose, an 8-foot-tall hummingbird, an […]

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Library Hack: Tips to avoid holiday chaos

Posted on November 17, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HolidayChaos By David Wyatt Have you been waiting forever for Jurassic World or Janet Evanovich’s Tricky Twenty-Two? Don’t lose your spot over the hectic holidays. You can suspend your holds either online or with one of our staff members. I was sure to set this up before my last vacation and Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: […]

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How to have a Pinterest-worthy holiday season without going crazy

Posted on November 4, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_PinterestHoliday By Clarissa Fidler Halloween is over and November is upon us, which means the holiday season is kicking into high gear. Thanks to lifestyle magazines, blogs, Instagram, and especially Pinterest, we’re bombarded with images of the perfect holiday decor, gourmet meals made from scratch, and seemingly easy DIY gifts. I’m an admitted Pinte […]

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LEGOs® at the MAC: Submit your own sculpture and win a prize!

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MACLego By Alison Highberger Guest Writer Explore a world where a larger-than-life flying bee is over 4 feet long and a giant ruby-throated hummingbird magically hovers 8 feet into the air. Sure to please LEGO and nature lovers alike, the Nature Connects: LEGO® Brick Sculpture exhibit opens on November 14 at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Cult […]

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The Gratitude Graffiti Project: Coming to a library near you

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_GratitudeGraffiti By Jane Baker If you visit any of the ten county libraries between now and December 4, you will see graffiti. Depending on which library you go to, the graffiti will be on a window, on special paper mounted on the wall, or crafted on sticky notes placed for all to see. This graffiti isn’t […]

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Not afraid of subtitles? 4 frightening foreign-language films to watch this Halloween

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_HooplaHorror By Brian Vander Veen I blame 80s hair metal band Dokken. When I first realized that my favorite song from their album Back for the Attack was originally from the Nightmare on Elm Street 3 soundtrack, I promptly ran to the nearest video store, one that apparently had few qualms about letting a twelve-year-old kid […]

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Mixtape: A non-traditional Halloween playlist

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MixtapeHalloween By David Wyatt This might be heretical, but as far as Halloween-themed music goes I have never been a fan of Tim Burton’s soundtracks, Rob Zombie gets old after the n-teenth time, and Ghostbusters is a little too upbeat for my taste. I get it though—it’s easy to make a list of songs or albums […]

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Mixtape: Punk retrospective

Posted on October 15, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MixtapePunk By Brian Vander Veen Not long ago, a young college student realized exactly how old I was and started grilling me about 1990s punk music, of which he was a particular fan. And it quickly occurred to me that he, thanks to the web, knew much more about the music of my teenage years than […]

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Station Eleven goes beyond traditional, post-apocalyptic fiction

Posted on October 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_SpokaneIsReading2015 By Gwendolyn Haley In most disaster movies, the story ends when the heroes survive the earthquake, tsunami, plague, or other disaster, manmade or otherwise. But really, that’s the just beginning of the most interesting and terrifying part of the story. That’s certainly the case in Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel’s award-winning novel an […]

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